Wheels, Tyres and Brakes

Trusting TPMS and garage inflators


  1. Posted on July 11th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. With all new and many older cars fitted with Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), owners are alerted virtually instantly of deviating pressures, which are so critical for dynamic safety and longer tyre life. Yet, checking tyre pressures may also highlight issues with air dispensers. Allow me to explain. Recently, a journalist colleague swapped his cold […]

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Get your wheels aligned


  1. Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Many people view long tyre life as a buying factor. Yet, a tyre selling friend told me that, in his experience, most tyres are discarded because of damage, long before they have worn-out their treads. The reason was, according to him, the worsening states of our roads. Now that spring is on its way, our […]

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My toolbox – Gunson Tools One Man Eezibleed kit


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While not trying to get too philosophical, everything has a finite life and one of the most useful items in my toolbox has just bitten-the-dust. My Gunson’s one man brake ‘Eezibleed’ kit has been dispatched to landfill after eight years of renewing the fluid from the brake and clutch systems of the ten cars that […]

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Guard against the risk of a high-speed blowout, urges GEM


  1. Posted on October 25th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is supporting Tyre Safety Month with the fourth in a series of simple safety reminders. This week GEM is warning of the dangers of a high-speed catastrophic tyre failure, or blowout. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented:  “A puncture or blowout while driving can be […]

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Effects of suspension and steering on tyres


  1. Posted on October 24th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. As we head into the final days of Tyre Safety Month, it is easy to think that checking tyre pressures and tread depths are the only technical inspections that need be carried out on a regular basis. As important as they might be, try not to overlook other aspects of the car, which are critical […]

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GEM supports Tyre Safety Month 2016 with the third in a series of straightforward safety reminders:


  1. Posted on October 17th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Correct tyre inflation is the safe and economical option, says GEM ROAD SAFETY and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is supporting Tyre Safety Month with the third in a series of simple safety reminders. GEM advises that correct tyre pressure is not only vital for your safety on the road, it’s also the best […]

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2016 National Tyre Distributors Association Conference


  1. Posted on October 7th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Tyre Safety Month is an appropriate time in which to host the second annual NTDA Tyre Industry Conference. Rob Marshall joined the movers-and-shakers at the Vox Conference centre in Birmingham yesterday to find out the latest gossip and information. Fewer items are more critical to vehicle safety than tyres and road safety organisations (including this […]

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Can your brake fluid take it?


  1. Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While many people know that a low, or empty, brake fluid reservoir will result in considerably reduced braking (or possibly, compete failure), many drivers are unaware that old brake fluid poses a specific danger in the summer. As the braking system performs the physical function of transforming motion into heat, the brake fluid has to […]

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Don’t get caught out at MoT Test time with faulty tyre pressure sensors


  1. Posted on June 17th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While I support technology that enhances safety, it should not replace manual checks. Tyre pressures, for example, may not be the most interesting of car maintenance chores but they are one of the most important. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) give a driver early warning of either incorrectly inflated tyres, or a puncture. The technology […]

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The benefits of cold-weather tyres


  1. Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. The benefits of cold-weather tyres in the winter commute When cocooned within a comfortable vehicle interior, many drivers become unaware that the ground temperature during early morning and evening tends to dip below a notional seven degrees Celsius, which results in a reduction of the grip levels of many ’summer’ tyres, as their rubber becomes […]

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